Child care providers may apply for STARS recognition in four areas:
- Staff qualifications and training.
- Support of children, families, and communities.
- Program assessment and improvement.
- Operating policies and business practices.
What Each Star Means
Has a full license based on the appropriate child care licensing regulations.
Are making a commitment to strengthen their practices. They may have made some progress in many areas or more progress in one or two areas.
Have made improvements and are working to reach specific goals. They have either made substantial progress in two or three areas or have made some improvements across all four areas.
Have met several standards of quality in all four areas. Many four-star programs are also nationally accredited.
Are outstanding in all four areas. Many five-star programs are also nationally accredited.